G Adventures, the world’s leading adventure travel company, has launched a new overland adventure vehicle (OAV), purpose-built for today’s modern traveller, and designed to maximise safety and comfort.
The fleet of ten “Landos” have been introduced on most G Adventures overland trips in eastern and southern Africa.
Each truck features full body seatbelts, reclining seats with side-seat movement for extra shoulder room, a 250-litre water tank to reduce the use of plastic bottles, in-built Wi-Fi, USB chargers at every seat, large front windows for better views of wildlife, and windows designed specifically for photography.
Jeff Russill, VP of product at G Adventures, says his team has completely re-invented and improved the OAV with the needs of travellers in mind, using traveller feedback and the inside knowledge of the G Africa team.
“Our travellers have become more sophisticated and their needs have changed. We no longer accept that the old vehicles suit modern-day travellers, and in our bid to lead with service have come up with a solution to bring overland travel into a new age,” says Russill.
‘Lando’ is a play on the word ‘overland’ and it’s no coincidence the OAV bears a likeness to cavaliering Star Wars character, Lando Calrissian, whose sense of adventure is similar to that of G Adventures’ travellers.
G Adventures Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Adrian Piotto said travellers would enjoy the added comfort in the new Landos.
“While the roads in Africa have improved over time, the comfort of the vehicles certainly has not – until now. We are proud to be leading the way with adventure comfort over in Africa.”
The Lando will be operating on 22 G Adventures Yolo itineraries (adventures for 18 to 39 year olds) covering Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
G Adventures Yolo trips in Africa are primarily camping trips (with some hotel accommodation) that are fast-paced, cover a lot of distance, and provide younger travellers with the opportunity to see as much as possible at a more affordable price. Example itineraries featuring the new Lando include:
- Botswana and Falls Adventure – An immersive African experience in a compact eight-day package. Soak up the wildlife and vibrant colours and scenery of Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa with game walks and plenty of game drives. Camp under the stars of the Okavango Delta and marvel at the immense Victoria Falls. Priced from $1,249pp for an eight-day trip from Johannesburg to Livingstone.
- Kenya and Uganda Gorilla Adventure – Meet mountain gorillas and other amazing wildlife on this two-week overland adventure. Spot chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest, and join experienced trackers while travelling deep into the Ugandan forests to spot endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Priced from $2899pp for a 14-day trip from Nairobi return.
- Victoria Falls and Serengeti Adventure – Inhale the scent of Zanzibar’s spice plantations, hunt for the perfect snapshot of the ever-elusive Big Five and feel the thunder of Victoria Falls. Uncover the spectacular highlights of four African countries on this stellar 20-day adventure. Priced from $3,099pp for a 20-day trip from Livingstone to Nairobi.
For more information or to book a trip to any of the above destinations, call 1300 796 618 or visit https://www.gadventures.com.au/travel-styles/yolo/africa/lando/